Category Archives: Peer Reviews- Shakespeare

Under this title, you will see peer reviewed posts that I have made about work by other students also studying this course

Peer Review, Ronny

https://ronnykamaledine.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/engl210-shakespeare-week-7/?c=121#comment-121

Hi Ronny,
Well done for attempting the writing or a sonnet. Your rhyming changes after the first 4 lines. you start with the rhyme sequence being abab, but change to aabb. This makes it a little difficult to read. The iambic pentameter is out of sync in some lines. It was however a great idea to attempt a sonnet of Shakespeare using Richard III as a text base.
Blessings
Dave

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Peer Review, Audrey

https://barefootfairy42.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/disguise-i-see-thou-art-a-wickedness/comment-page-1/#comment-174

A wonderful post, Miss Barefoot Fairy. I wonder about the meaning of the Twelfth Night and the reason Shakespeare used this as the title of the play. In Christian circles it is indeed the arrival of the wise men, and the Epiphany, or revelation of some great truth, said to occur on this day. Perhaps Shakespeare is saying through the poem that it is time to get wise. I think wisdom and the getting of it is a serious business, and I see merit in Malvolio’s insistence that they pipe down, while he tries to sleep and prepare for the first day back at work. Does Belch know when to be serious, or is he that type of larrikin that is fun to be around sometimes, but too much merriment becomes tedious.

The Puritans have a dilemma. They take pleasure in being morbid and straight. But when they accomplish this, then they become proud and even happy with themselves. This happiness is not allowed. So they throw on their sackcloth and ashes and flagellate themselves again, in order to rein in the spirit of happiness.

It has once again been a pleasure to study with you this semester.
Dave

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Peer review. Michael Griffith

The Benefits of Blogging in University Education.
Although Michael is my teacher and not my peer, I felt safe enough to share this review of his post.

Hi Michael.

Thank you for this article on blogging. It is very concise and feel it could benefit from extra content including anecdotal evidence how blogging increases active participation in marginalised people such as those in the Clemente program. Perhaps this sheet is only an overview and that a more comprehensive paper is available to others who have an interest in this. I being one.
As a student, I thank you for introducing me to blogging. It has been a way for me to ‘nut out’ ideas before committing them to an essay. It is also a way for me to share my passions of art, photography and writing. Blogging has become a major thing in my life, not just to benefit academically but in other aspects of my life.
Dave

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16/05/2017 · 11:44 am

Peer Review. Linda

https://mermaidblues507.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/nothings-new-king-lear-on-social-issues/

Linda, this is an incredibly insightful post. You have got right to the heart of the matter in King Lear. Homelessness and mental illness are very big issues now, as well as back then. Jesus said take care of the poor…they will always be with you” (Dave’s paraphrase).
I was surprised to hear that the number 1 cause of Homelessness is domestic violence. There is something inherently wrong with our society when violence causes people to leave their homes to escape it. Homes should be a haven in a cruel world. It’s wrong where people feel safer with the unknown dangers than the dangers in the home.
People think that alcohol and drug abuse are greater causes of Homelessness. I have met too many homeless people to know that is false. A lot of homeless people turn to drugs and alcohol when they are already homeless as a way of escaping the situation.
There are not enough appropriate support systems in place to cover the diversity of the problems people living rough cope with. You are right when you say psychiatry is not the only answer. They do not offer solutions. The medication doesn’t heal, just makes it easier to deal with. That is why we have social workers. Social workers should not sit in their offices but go onto the streets where the situation is non-threatening to the vulnerable. Meet the people where they are at and offer some hope, if a way out is not immediately apparent, give support which will ease the suffering of the homeless.
Thanks for your post and shining the light on the shadows.

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Peer Review 3, Mahdi Hussain

https://mahdihussain94.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/week-1-shakespeare-and-renaissance/

hi Mahdi,
I agree that society has to shoulder some of the blame for Richard becoming evil. I don’t think he just ‘succumbed’ to his fate, or the role that society would have him play. Richard says he is ‘determined to prove a villain. One has a choice. One can choose to fit in with the norms of society, adhering to the path predetermined for you by your family, and others, or one can choose to reject that idea and to go your own way. Of course there are consequences for each decision we make. For me it was banishment from my family. For Richard, it would have meant giving up a lifestyle which afforded him all sorts of riches and power. By his own words, by choosing to be a villain, he is determined “to hate the pleasures of these days”. I think he found that too hard to do. If he hated the pleasures of these days, would he have sought the kingdom and all the pleasures that go with it?

An interesting discussion, nonetheless.
Dave

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Peer review 2, Anne-Marie

https://annemariedimarco.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/engl210-blog-1/

What a callous brute Richard was, to treat dear Anne in this way. It almost justifies her language and description of him when she calls him in the same scene ” A devil, a minister of hell, a foul devil, being without blood. She calls him a villain, a diffused infection of a man. Anne tells him to hang himself, Anne goes on to call him a hedgehog, a devilish slave, and later spits on him wishing it was poison. Yet she agrees to marry him, to leave her dear dead father and her mourning clothes to don a wedding gown. I wonder just how feminine poor Lady Anne is, or is it just an act…her way to ensure she is always in the royal household.

Such backstabbing is found throughout the play, and not always done with Richards dagger.

Incidentally, the ‘featured image” of Lady Anne is not displayed on your blog. I do like the swirly thing at the end to signify femininity.

Dave

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Peer review No. 1 Audrey.

I wrote this Peer review of Audrey’s blog entry on Richard III.

https://barefootfairy42.wordpress.com/2017/03/16/richard-iii-act-3-scene-6-formal-and-informal-accusations

Audrey,

You are so right when people do not stand up and speak. Or if they do stand up and speak, they do so when it is too late. The American public protested the election of Donald Trump. England protested about Brexit. If they had protested in the polls instead of being Blase about things, then the citizens of those countries would not be living in fear of the outcome of their complacency or inactivity.

I am so glad that we live in a country where we are free to protest. Even if the government doesn’t listen to us, Sometimes though, the people are deceived by the moral panic created by politicians and others with hidden agendas. People tend to believe whatever they are told by the leaders of their preferred political party. In the U.S, people vote by personality not policy.

People everywhere are ill informed. We live in an age where communication of information is easiest to do, but it is abused, manipulated with false news, alternate truths and cover ups. People need to be more investigative in their attitudes before forming an opinion on a topic.

OK, I am stepping off my soapbox now.

Blessings
Dave

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